4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Simple, classy watch,
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This review is from: Seiko Men's SNE179 "Classic" Stainless Steel Solar Watch (Watch)
I do not have a good track record with watches in general -- I'm tough on them and they usually never last for more than a couple of years, so I don't like buying expensive timepieces and my wife knows not to try to get a fancy one for me as a gift. I don't like cheap or trendy looking watches (...such as the recent fad for watches sized like manhole covers...), so I was happy to find this model offered at under $100. In my opinion, it's a good value at this price.
It has a clean and pleasing interface. The watch face is modestly sized and includes a day/date window and 24 hour European/military hour markers in understated size and font, so as not to distract from the easy-to-read main numerals and hour and minute hands. The overall color scheme -- silver tone band and case, black face, white main numerals and hour/minute hands, and red 24-hour clock and second hands -- is practical and masculine. I can wear this watch with anything from a suit and tie to jeans and t-shirts; it doesn't stand out or look out of place.
I've only had it for a little over a month, but so far it's kept time perfectly. It feels solid and reliable. When it arrived, I let it sit in the windowsill on an overcast late afternoon for a couple of hours and it was charged up & ready to go.
Other reviewers have commented on the band. First, it is adjustable -- but only to make it smaller. It came out of the box at max length. I have skinny wrists and I like the band to fit snugly, so I needed to shorten it by a couple of links. This can be done by opening the clasp and moving it down the band, which takes some fiddling to accomplish, but probably will only need to be done once. Re-sizing is the only function that the clasp serves. Second, the band does expand. This was irritating initially, because it kept plucking at my arm hair. After a week or so of wearing the watch all the time, this problem goes away. I used to wear expanding watch bands years ago, but I'd forgotten that I kind of like them. It's the only type of watch band that I've ever been able to get tight enough to stop a watch from sliding slightly back and forth -- without being uncomfortably tight.
Overall, I'm highly satisfied so far.